Any dugout or Birch Bark boaters?

12:45 p.m. on August 9, 2013 (EDT)
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Has any one ever floated something as ancient man even up to the Indians could have made?




Love at first sight?

7:30 p.m. on August 9, 2013 (EDT)
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I have not paddled a birch canoe, but I'm told they are quite responsive. I've paddle wood/canvas a lot and can honestly say there is a difference in feel when measured against plastic boats. The wood boats seem more alive.

10:47 p.m. on August 9, 2013 (EDT)
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Perhaps because instead of ancient oil to make plastic, the trees that made the wood have not been dead so long. 

4:29 p.m. on August 10, 2013 (EDT)
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Wonderful thought, Gary. However, in the case of wood and canvas and birchbark canoes, it is the method as much as the material. In plastic boats, both composite and Royalex and Poly, the result is a monolithic piece forming the hull. In the more traditional materials, the ribs, planking and skin are only attached at the gunnels in a birch canoe and in a wood/canvas, though the planking and ribs are clench nailed, they move somewhat independently. The canvas in the latter is attached at the gunnels

11:09 p.m. on August 13, 2013 (EDT)
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Hello Gary,

Though I've paddled dugouts in the past I'm currently paddling a birchbark canoe similar to the one you present above...


...same maker in fact.

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